Espejismo is a 30 seconds short film created by my two brothers with some friends, and with Belén doing the acting role. Check it out — it turned out well and was selected to participate on a film festival in Madrid. They all travelled there back in June and I joined them right after an Automattic meetup in Saratoga Springs. We took the opportunity to have a short vacation together in Spain and southern France after the festival.
A hallmark of the journey for me was visiting the Ermita de San Antonio de la Florida with frescoes by Goya. We were also quite delighted by the impressive landscapes near and around Carcassonne.
After the quick visit to Verona I went to Florence for the Automattic Theme Team meetup. We didn’t stay in the city itself, but in a villa in the surrounding hills. Needless to say it was mesmerizing — specially recognizing those Renaissance landscapes so vividly recorded on the paintings from the masters of yore.
Driving there was a bit of an odyssey, but a fun one nonetheless. The place we stayed at was built mostly with stone. We spent our time between the house and the restaurants at the small localities near us. One of the days we made a proper visit to Florence, in which we went to the Uffizi gallery, a long time item on my list of places to visit. Unfortunately, the Adoration of the Magi was removed for some restoration work, so I missed that one this time.
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May saw myself travelling once more back to Europe. Before joining my Automattic colleagues in the hills around Florence for a meetup I spent a couple days in the city of Verona with Philip. The city was alluring, as well as all the talks we had while walking around the charming nooks and passages. We stayed right around porta Borsari, at the gates of the old Roman city.
Statue of Dante
It’s a fine place to just walk with no particular direction and let yourself discover places as you go. The history and character of the old town are captivating. The hand of Carlo Scarpa on Castelvecchio is quite beautiful to behold. The Roman Arena remains standing and proud — unfortunately there was no event at the time we were staying (other than one we desperately wanted to avoid) to experience in situ how the place sounds and resonates. Next time.